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Summer in Istanbul (Short term faculty led)
Istanbul, Turkey
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2016 02/29/2016** Rolling Admission 06/13/2016 08/10/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Economics, History, Various
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Spend the summer II session studying in historic Istanbul! Choose from over 200 courses in the social sciences, humanities, education, engineering, and the arts all taught in English over an eight week period. Courses are offered in various disciplines including anthropology, economics, gender and women's studies, history, literature, Middle Eastern studies, religion, sociology, and political science. Courses in the natural sciences are also available, and most students in the program come from North America, Europe, and Turkey itself. 

Please Note: Students participating on this program can earn six or nine credits. Three credit hours will come from enrollment in a WMU course taught by Dr. Jim Butterfield, the faculty director, based on pre-departure assignments and activities conducted in Istanbul. Dr. Butterfield will accompany students from Michigan to Istanbul and will remain for roughly the first week to acquaint students with the city and campus and help them adjust to their new surroundings. In addition to these credits, students will choose to take either one or two courses at Bogazici that will be reflected on their transcripts as Study Abroad transfer credit.

Program facebook page: WMU Summer in Istanbul

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Istanbul, strategically located on the Bosporus straits where Europe meets Asia, has long been a focal point of international culture, commerce, politics, and intrigue. Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences are abound within the city. This program is hosted by Bogazici (pronounced "bo-AH-zee-chee") University, an English-language institution that was founded in 1863 and was the first American university outside the United States (it has since become a Turkish public university).

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing (2.5 GPA min); Achieved Sophomore Level

Academic Program
Short Term Faculty led summer program in which students earn six or nine credits. 3 of these credits will be for INTL 4980, the online course taught by the faculty director, Dr. Jim Butterfield. The other credits will come from classes students will directly enroll in at Bogazici University.

Courses available during Bogaziçi's summer term can be viewed here: Bogazici Summer Courses.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of the major), and WMU Study Abroad. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Approval Form available from the Study Abroad office. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and study abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship and the College of Arts and Sciences' International Study Scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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Accommodation for all students is provided by the university's Superdorm. This residence hall is conveniently located and is just a 15-minute walk from most classroom buildings. Students are housed in suites with individual bedrooms (from two to four) and shared bath and partial kitchen. Groceries can be purchased at nearby stores and the campus houses a number of cafes and coffee shops (including a Starbucks).
Ammenities included with the Superdorm:
•Periodical cleaning
•Hot water
•Telephone connections
•Snack bar
•24 Hours security
•Pets are not allowed

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Summer II 2016

Monday, June 13: Depart from the United States
Tuesday, June 14: Arrive in Istabul, Turkey
Wednesday, June 15: Orientation at Bogazici University
Thursday, June 16: Classes Begin
Wednesday, August 10: Return to the U.S. or personal travel

*Tentative itinerary subject to change

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Additional Resources


Faculty Director:
Dr. Jim Butterfield
Department of Political Science
3352 Friedmann Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5696

WMU Study Abroad
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2510B Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution and visa Information (external links)
Bogazici Office of International Relations
Bogazici Summer Program
Campus Map
Housing at Superdorm
Program Facebook page

Country Information (external links)
Istanbul - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Turkey
Culturegram - Turkey

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